In the Belize District, there were two road traffic accidents that occurred over the New Year’s holiday weekend. The first happened in the wee hours of Sunday morning and involved a blue Chevy Equinox SUV and a blue Ford Escort sedan. According to the Rural Executive Officer, Senior Superintendent Edward Broaster, the parties involved in this first accident received minor injuries and were taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City for treatment.
“They got minor injuries. We had Mr. Andre Gordon, a 30 year old Belizean Security officer of Baracat Street, who was driving the Chevy Equinox and we have in the blue Ford Escort, Marvin Ramirez, a 27 year old Belizean Laborer of Tibruce Street Belize City. The investigation is revealing that the blue Ford Escort was in the wrong lane when the head on collision occurred. We suspect that alcohol may have been a factor in that first accident.”
About seven hours later, at about 9 am, authorities were once again called out to the very same area between miles five and six on the Philip Goldson Highway where another vehicle collision occurred that would, this time, prove fatal. Two lives were lost in this incident, namely 45-year-old, Pamela Cumberbatch and 80-year-old, Alfredo Navarrete. Cumberbatch was reportedly heading to Sandhill in the Toyota Tundra to collect some monies owed to her, along with her husband, Calvin Cumberbatch while Navarrete also referred to as ‘Uncle Fredo’ was heading to Belize City. Senior Superintendent Broaster says they are awaiting a statement from Cumberbatch who is hospitalized at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.
“At 9am we had the accident that claimed the lives of Ms.Pamela Bennett and Mr.Alfredo Navarette. Pamela Bennett was in the Tundra pick up truck along with Mr.Cumberbatch travelling to Orange Walk while Mr.Navarette was travelling toward Belize City when both collided between miles 5 and 6 on the Phillip Goldson Highway. They were checked by Dr.Fernando Cuellar and were pronounced dead at the scene. Mr.Calvin Cumberbatch was taken to the KHMH where he is undergoing treatment. Blood and urine samples were taken from him and that matter is being investigated. We have the vehicles in our custody that will be undergoing inspection with respect to this case.”
Calvin Cumberbatch is a traffic officer for the Belize City Council and has been married to Pamela for just under two years. According to the family, he will be undergoing surgery on Tuesday where doctors will insert a steel plate in his right arm. His wife, Pamela Cumberbatch is a loan shark who had lost one son, Mark Gentle, to gun violence in June 2015 and is survived by two other sons, Cassian and Travis Gentle. As for Navarrete, he was a businessman who owned Nava’s Gas Station on North Front Street, over ten years ago and ended up in the arts industry where he made decorative magnets via his business, Nava’s Ceramics. Investigations are ongoing into the two weekend accidents.